Vegetables and Fruit forum: Just Planted Potatoes in Japan

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Jan 27, 2012 8:38 PM CST
I live in Southeastern Japan (near Tokyo) and it is potato planting time here. I planted some "May Queen" potatoes just this past weekend. I dug a furrow and laid down some premixed potato fertilizer. They tend to have a lot of premixed fertilizers here for different plants.

I covered that with about an inch of soil and placed the potatoes in about 10 inches apart. I covered the potatoes with another inch or two of soil and placed about 4 inches of pine needles on top of that. Lastly I partially covered the pine needles with a bit of soil.

Once the plants emerge and get to about a 8 inches tall i plan to add a bit more fertilizer, some more needles and hill them up a bit.

The climate here is much different to anywhere I have gardened in the US. Many things grow better in the cooler seasons here and it gets very hot and humid in the summer.

Anyone in the US planting potatoes yet?

Name: Horseshoe Griffin
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Jan 27, 2012 11:45 PM CST
Howdy, John...
And Welcome to ATP!

It sounds to me like you're on the ball with your potato planting! I won't be planting here until April or so, sometimes mid-March.

Hope you have some pics to share as your spuds grow.


Jan 28, 2012 6:22 PM CST
Thanks Shoe.

I'll get some pics up once they're out of the ground.

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Jan 28, 2012 6:29 PM CST
I agree with Shoe.
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